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About Ize Anumah

Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world! Want to read more from Ize? www.lightinwords.com
  • Anxiety is an enemy that is no stranger to many of us. Anxiety causes us to worry over tomorrow while  robbing us of the joy and peace of today, yet it is helpless regarding the future. While some may have the power to overcome anxious thoughts in an instant, for many of us, it will […]

    Five Biblical Tips on Overcoming Anxiety

    Anxiety is an enemy that is no stranger to many of us. Anxiety causes us to worry over tomorrow while  robbing us of the joy and peace of today, yet it is helpless regarding the future. While some may have the power to overcome anxious thoughts in an instant, for many of us, it will be a continuous process that will take patience and commitment. While you are on your journey, here are a few things that is important to remember:

    Remember That God Loves You!

    Pretty simple right? But it’s that fundamental piece of information that changes everything. Remember when we were kids? We never worried if we were going to eat, have clothes to wear, of if we were going to school. In fact, it probably never occurred to us that it took so much budgeting, and planning of resources to pull it off. Now, if our earthly parents love us enough to take care of us, how about our Heavenly Father that gave up an only son for our sake. We need to stop thinking God is out to get us. A father would never set up his child for failure or heartbreak. He loves you and he will never do anything to hurt you. If you have to paste this reminder on your mirror, your desk, or phone screensaver, then go ahead. You need to rest in the truth that the most powerful being to ever exist loves you and his favor rests on you.

    He Knows, He Sees, He Hears

    YOu may have heard the saying, ‘I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I know who holds tomorrow.’ Adopt this attitude!

    Do you know your father knew your tomorrow since your yesterday? (Jeremiah 29:11). “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

    He knew about that job, that scholarship, and that relationship before you even conceived the idea to pursue it. Those tears you shed at night and the prayers only your heart can say, he sees them and He has a plan for it.

    It Is Actually A Sin to Worry

    Yes! Did you know that it is actually against God’s will for you to worry? Jesus says that very clear in  Matthew 6:31. The same way Jesus says ‘Do not’ for the so called ‘big sins’ is the same way he admonishes us not to worry. Just like lying, stealing, or cheating can create a rift between us and God,  so can anxiety. It clouds our hearts and prevents us from hearing from God. It also opens us up to the devices of the enemy and blinds us from appreciating what God is doing in our lives today. By the virtue of Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection, we have been given victory over sin.. this includes anxiety.

    You Do Not Have To Understand

    Many of us are very logical people. 1 + 1 has to equal 2. It adds up, it makes sense. But you see, in God’s equation, things do not always add up the way you’d expect. (Isaiah 55:8-9) Lose the thought that everything needs to make sense to you. Many times we worry because we can’t see a way out of the position we are in. Understand that we do not always have to see our way through, we  need only to hold on to the one who sees everything.

    Cast Those Burdens  

    This is advised in Matthew 11:28-30.  For some of us, this needs to become a daily ritual. Every morning before heading out and every night before bed. We need to cast our anxious thoughts and exchange them for that peace that surpasses all understanding. We need to make a conscious decision to keep our peace regardless of what hand life deals us that day. You might actually wake up one morning and be completely void of anxiety but until then, remember you were never designed to carry all that load so give it to the one who has offered to take all that away from you.

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    Dear Father,
    So many of us are locked in the prison of anxiety, worried about what tomorrow holds for us. Today, we release every anxious thought and we receive your peace. We know you have a wonderful plan for us and we believe that you are taking us there. Thank you for always having our backs. It’s in Jesus name we pray, Amen.
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  • Have you ever gotten to the point where you’re completely exhausted and just have had it with everything and everyone else including God? If you haven’t, I thank God for your life but if you have before, are currently there right now, or you are finding yourself there more frequently, then this might just be […]

    Personalized Scriptures For Your Toughest Seasons

    Have you ever gotten to the point where you’re completely exhausted and just have had it with everything and everyone else including God? If you haven’t, I thank God for your life but if you have before, are currently there right now, or you are finding yourself there more frequently, then this might just be for you. Life gets hard and things don’t always go the way we plan them; plans fail, people fail. and sometimes we fail. Sometimes God seems so far away and silent like he’s turned a deaf ear and a blind eye. These are the exact moments when it appears like the devil is taunting us, rubbing our failures in our face and the lies he tells actually begin to take the appearance of truth.
    Truth is only you can aptly describe where you are right now and how you feel, but this one thing remains true-God loves you like a father, much more than your earthly father ever could. He sees and hears everything and he’ll make all things beautiful in His time. One of the things I have found the most important in seasons like this is drenching myself in the word of God. Not just any word of God but a very personalized form as though God was standing in front of me speaking. Read them every morning, make songs with them, put them around your house, in your car, in your locker at school or your table at work. When you crowd yourself with the truth, you give no room for the infiltration of lies. Here’s some of the scripture I’ve found helpful and personalized over time.
    ISAIAH 43:1-3
    But now thus says the Lord, my creator, he who formed me, I will not fear for he has redeemed me, he has called me by name, I am his.
    When I pass through the waters, he’ll be with me
    When I pass through the rivers, they’ll not sweep over me
    When I walk through the fire, I will not be burned,
    These flames will not burn me.

    ISAIAH 41:10
    I will not fear for he is with me
    I will not look anxiously about me for he is my God
    He will strengthen me, surely he will help me.
    Surely he will uphold me with his righteous right hand.

    HEBREWS 13:5-6
    He will never leave me, nor will he ever forsake me,
    So I can confidently say,
    he Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?

    PSALM 121
    I will lift up my eyes to the mountains
    From where shall my help come from
    My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth
    He will not allow my foot to slip
    He who keeps me will not slumber
    Behold, he who keeps me will neither sleep nor slumber
    The lord is my keeper
    The lord is my shade on my right hand
    The sun will not smite me by day
    Nor the moon by night
    The lord will keep my soul
    The lord will guide my going out and coming in
    From this time forth and forever

    PSALM 46
    God is my refuge and strength
    A very present help in trouble
    Therefore I will not fear though the earth should change
    Though its waters roar and foam
    Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride
    God is in my midst I will not be moved
    God will help me when morning dawns
    The lord of hosts is with me
    The god of Jacob is my stronghold

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  • “Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.” -Ephesians 6:13-17.   It is no news to every Christian that the moment you surrender your life to Jesus, you enter into the […]

    The Armor of God

    “Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.”

    -Ephesians 6:13-17.

     

    It is no news to every Christian that the moment you surrender your life to Jesus, you enter into the front of a lifelong battle, not against flesh and blood but against the principalities of darkness as Ephesians 13 tells us. While it may seem daunting to be in constant battle, it is also refreshing to know that we have been provided with all it takes to stand in the position of victory. Like every soldier on the battlefield, it is extremely important to be fully and properly clad with the appropriate gear. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians teaches us the components of the armor every Christian should put on in our fight for the kingdom.

    The Helmet of Salvation:

    This was not the first component listed but I chose to discuss this first. If you had to choose only one part of your body to protect what would it be? For the majority, I believe it would be the head for the fact that it contains the brain that controls every other part of the body and as a result, damage to the head would invariably mean failure of the remainder of the body to function. Think of salvation as the brain work behind everything you do as a Christian. It is the starting point. It is salvation that gets you into the fight in the first place. It is salvation that restores your place with God and puts you back under the covering of the blood of Jesus, shielding you from attacks from the enemy. It would be extremely dangerous for a soldier to go to war without his helmet, more so it would be impossible for anyone to go into the fight without first receiving the free gift of salvation made available to us in Christ Jesus.

    The Breastplate of Righteousness:

    If I gave you the option this time to choose two places you could protect, I believe the chest would come a very close second. The soldier’s breastplate was very important to him because it covered the vital organs in his chest which, if hit, would almost always mean death. Likewise, righteousness is very paramount to our race as Christians. Righteousness means to be holy and blameless before God. Of course, none of us can reach that height except for the blood of Jesus that restored us to our place with God. We, on the other hand, must do our part to live in a manner that depicts a person made worthy and sanctified, bought with the most costly price. We cannot go back to old ways or pick up old sins. Granted, this is a struggle and our flesh may seem too strong to overcome, but the point of righteousness is not perfection, it is a continuous struggle to get there. Living a life of sin opens us up to the enemy as if we were taking off our breastplate and leaving ourselves susceptible to attack. In this warfare, we must take care to have our breastplate on at all times and if in the event we realize we had taken it off, we must go to God in repentance immediately before the devil takes advantage of that weak spot.

    The Shield of Faith:

    The shield was carried to perform a function similar to that of the breastplate. To protect. This time not just the chest but anywhere that was under attack or sometimes the entire body. The gospels narrate a number of events where Jesus said to people who were healed, ‘your faith has saved you’ the woman with the issue of blood, the centurion, the blind man. In moments when we are under attack and it seems like the arrows of the enemy are coming fast for us, the faith we have in God as protector, provider, healer, comforter, deliverer is what keeps us standing firm. When the enemy throws his lies at us, the faith we have in the promises of God shield our hearts from being overcome by despair. In some instances, the shields of a few soldiers can become covering for the entire army. This reminds me of stories like that of the paralyzed man whose friends carried him down through the roof of an overcrowded building to Jesus, the centurion who came to Jesus on behalf of his sick servant. There would be times when members of our Christian family are hurt and wounded or too weak to carry on the fight and pick up their own shields, it is our faith to take them to Jesus that saves them and protects them from the enemy’s darts, as well as vice versa in our moments of weakness as well. The shield of faith is not just covering for ourselves but for the entire army.

    The Gospel of Peace:

    Another important piece of armor was the thick-soled shoes the soldiers wore. With all the shrapnel, arrows and sharp objects that must certainly be on the battleground, soldiers had to make sure their feet were secure because any injury would impede their ability to walk which automatically meant they would be unable to fight. As Christians, the impression of peace should precede us wherever we go. There is nothing we can achieve in conflict, the devil thrives in disunity and division amongst the children of God, as it is said in Ecclesiastes 4:12 ‘ a person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’ The devil knows that apart from one another we are easy targets but together it would be extremely difficult to get us. Peace and unity amongst us soldiers is necessary if we must win this fight.

    The Sword of the Spirit and the Belt of Truth:

    I put these together because they refer to one and the same thing. The word of God. The function of the sword is clear-cut, a weapon to slay the enemy but the Roman soldiers also wore a belt mostly around their waist, whose function was to hold the entire armor together as well as provide a place for the scabbard which would hold the sword. Dressing in the entire armor without the belt would mean everything would hang loosely including the sword which would pose as a hazard to the soldier and impair his ability to fight properly. So it is with a Christian and the truth of God which is the word. Everything has to be based on it, the knowledge and application of  righteousness, all come from the word of God, not having it rooted in your heart and mind would mean you can be easily swayed by any wave of teaching and doctrine that comes your way, which we can agree is a very dangerous position to be in especially as the world is making aggressive attempts redefine for itself what the truth is and what its own definition of good and bad is. The belt is the pivotal point of a soldier’s armor, the truth, the word of God is the center of Christian warfare.



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  • Dear daughter, I see the tears that put you to sleep night after night, I hear the prayers that only your heart can say because your lips are too weary from praying. I see the mornings it takes all you have but you get up, show up and put a smile on your face like […]

    You’ve Got Mail: A Heartfelt Letter From God

    Dear daughter,

    I see the tears that put you to sleep night after night, I hear the prayers that only your heart can say because your lips are too weary from praying. I see the mornings it takes all you have but you get up, show up and put a smile on your face like everything’s fine. I see the aching of your heart, the brokenness of your spirit. I know that you feel alone like you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death with no rod and staff for comfort. I know that you see yourself bending back over from the burdens that seem too heavy for you, I know you’ve wondered time and again where I am and if I’ve forgotten you. But hear me today, even if a mother forgets her baby at the breast, I will never forget you. There’s absolutely nothing you can do that would separate you from the overwhelming love I have for you. There’s no struggle known to man that can break you. There is nothing the devil can do to defeat your purpose. I know it seems hard to believe, but this waters will not sweep over you, this fire will not burn you, these flames shall not consume you. Because I have called you by name and you are mine. I will carry you when your legs seem too weak to move on, because my power is made manifest in your weakness and my grace is sufficient for you. You will triumph over this mountain like the victor that you are. Remember a father only chastises those he loves, it breaks my heart to see your tears, but I’d rather you pass through the fire and be refined to pure gold than you remain comfortable and impure. Hold on fast to me, keep your eyes on me the author and finisher of your faith and not your circumstances or situations. All of that will pass away, but my promises of good and not evil, to give you a future and an expected end will stand through till the end of time. The devil will whisper lies to you telling you I don’t love you anymore, that I see your tears. Beware of him, he’s a roaring lion who only wants to steal, kill and destroy, he wants you to skip the formative period so the world will not get to experience the fireball for me you will become. I will never fail to remind you that I love you, that I’m holding you and that you’re never alone. Listen to me, shut your ears to the lies of the devil, and in tune them to the truth the Holy Spirit whispers to you. Find your strength in me, for alone you are weak, fragile, vulnerable and the slightest winds would shake your sail, but with me, the one whom the winds and waves obey, you can sail strong against the storms. Remember, I am with you always, until the end of time.

    With love,

    Your heavenly Father.

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